The University of the Highlands and Islands is the only university based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Our partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is accountable for all formal education beyond school in our region and provides access to study at further and higher education level as well as research opportunities. Each partner serves local, regional, national and international needs, as well as making a distinctive contribution to the university partnership.
Each partner has its own character. Some are relatively large colleges in the urban centres of the region such as Perth, Elgin and Inverness. Others are smaller institutions, including some whose primary focus is on research. All, however, have a student-centred culture and an individual approach to student learning. In addition to the main campuses, our partnership also provides educational opportunities through a network of more than 70 learning centres located throughout the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework review, over 69% of the University of the Highlands and Islands’ research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.
Facts and figures
|Total Number of Staff||688|
|Number of Academic Staff||501|
|Number of Students||7889|
Diabetes and cardiovascular science
Rural health/well being, policy, history and development
Archaeology – world heritage
Agronomy, natural products (sweet gale, bere)
Culture and language, including traditional music
Study of Gaelic & Nordic culture and history
Humanities and arts – theology, fine art, music
|Fields of Study Offered||Arts (broad programmes)
Humanities (broad programmes)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Biology and biochemistry
Agriculture, forestry and fishery (broad programmes)
Veterinary (broad programmes)
- Bachelor Master PhD Other Summer course: Viking Culture, Shetland
- Bachelor Master PhD Other Summer course: A Window on Iona